Tuesday, 9 September 2014

18/07/2014

I'm too tired to write a full entry today, so here's some purikura I took with Ashley when we met for karaoke and drinks before I went to some kind of goth night at Trump Room. 

Senbonzakura Miku T-shirt: animega
Heart ring garter: Creepyyeha
Skeleton garter: Noctex
Heart bracelet: WEGO


A slightly clearer shot of that day's make up


Monday, 8 September 2014

Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival - 26/07/2014

Every summer there's a huge fireworks display by The Sumida River in Tokyo, so a group of us decided to go and watch them in yukatas. I'd never worn a yukata before, so Maria dressed me in one of hers. c: The day was a lot of fun! We got there super early (about 2pm?) to get a good space to sit, and spent the afternoon drinking alcohol and eating delicious festival foods. 


Shaved ice

3pm alcohol start


At some point Maria and I went for a walk and found a maneki neko shrine:




The fireworks display itself was amazing! I really wasn't expecting anything anywhere near as good considering that you didn't have to pay to watch it. None of the photos I took do it any justice, but here are a few anyway:

 This one looked like the Skytree was exploding haha




Sunday, 7 September 2014

Florence!

Wow, remember 2 months ago when I got a new computer and said I'd start blogging again? That never happened ahaha. I'm sorry, I'll try again. I have a LOT to catch up on so it might be mostly smaller posts for the moment. As for what's going on with me now, I finished my studies in Japan in early August, and I'm now studying in Florence, Italy for a month. I'll try to post about both my time in Italy and Japan~

Anyway, I'll talk about Florence for today. I'm here doing an intensive, 4 week Italian language course. This is a compulsory part of my university degree, as I have to spend time studying in a country that speaks each language I'm studying. As I also spent one semester in France and one in Japan, there's only time for about one month in Italy. I've been here for 2 weeks now. I was worried about coming here because it had been about a year since I'd spoken Italian, but thankfully I remembered most of it really quickly!



I'm staying in this really cute (I say cute, but it's actually pretty big) apartment with some other study abroad students. 




As you can see, it's a beautiful city, but to be honest I don't think it's a very interesting place to live. On the weekend I've been visiting art galleries and museums, which is nice, but there isn't much to do during the week once I've finished school (at 4pm). 

I've mostly been spending my evenings watching anime (I recommend Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun) and messing around with make up haha. Here are a few looks I tried:

 Used black eyeshadow as lipstick. It worked surprisingly well.


Choker courtesy of Spookii!



I'll leave you with this old-school VK song I've been listening to a lot lately~
I got really addicted to La'Cryma Christi in Tokyo after impulse-buying one of their albums from Closet Child.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

I finally have a computer! + new hair

Long time, no post! This is because, about 2 months ago, my computer broke, and I've only just got a new one yesterday. I hope you've all been well! I'm still very much enjoying Tokyo, but I only have one month left here. ;A;
I have a lot to post about, so I'll try to get back into blogging soon~ 

Until then, here are some pictures of my hair! In June I was modelling for a salon, so they cut it, then changed the colour a few times. The first time, it was blonde with some pink streaks:


The second time, they asked if there were any colours I wanted, so I said red, silver or purple. They did silver AND purple.
This is right after it was dyed. I actually meant like a really light purple, but I still quite liked how this looked.

The purple has faded quite a bit, so now it's like this, which I think I prefer. 

I'm not in a rush to change it, but I don't think I'll re-dye it purple. I'll probably do red streaks next time, because it goes with most of my clothes, or maybe just completely silver. We'll see.



Tuesday, 29 April 2014

23/04/2014 - Kiki & Lala Cafe

Last week I met up with Miku to go to the Kiki & Lala cafe in Shibuya Parco


The cafe/diner opened in March, and I believe it's only around for a limited time. We went on a Thursday afternoon, but we still had to wait for about 45 minutes to get in. I think it's worth going at least once, though! 

The interior was very plain apart from the entrance and the statue in the photo above. The menu had a small selection of slightly expensive -but all very cute and pertaining to the cafe's theme- drinks, main courses, and desserts. 

Honey chai latte

 Lala soda

 Kiki and Lala's sweet, fluffy pancake

It was delicious, but this definitely isn't a pancake! 

Afterwards, we took purikura, of course~

This was the "natural" (least thin) leg setting haha, what?!

Outfit rundown
Eyeball bow: Kreepsville 666
Top: Karen Miller
Heart ring garter, choker: Creepyyeha
Shoes, bow: Bodyline


Tuesday, 22 April 2014

12/04/2014 - Maid cafe and Shibuya

On this day, I met up with a friend who was visiting from England. He'd already been in Tokyo for a few days and seen a lot of things, but he hadn't been to Akihabara yet, so I decided to show him around there a little before showing him some of Tokyo's nightlife, which was our main reason for meeting up. 

Outfit of the day:
Cross necklace: GLAVIL by tutuHA
Harness: GLAVIL by tutuHA
Shorts: d.i.a.
Skeleton body suit: Primark
Heart ring garter: Creepyyeha
X garter: Black Milk Tea

The obvious thing to do was to visit a maid cafe, so that's where we started. I'd only been to a maid cafe once before (Maidreamin, about 2 years ago), but I'd heard good things about @home cafe, so decided to try the one in Don Quijote. I have to say, it was much better than Maidreamin. Despite the fact that we went on a Saturday and it was fairly busy, I felt that the maids paid more attention to us than at Maidreamin (I believe I went there on a weekday, and it wasn't very busy), the food was cuter (I think taste-wise it was about the same), and the overall atmosphere was just somehow better. 

Simon chose the food set menu, which includes one main meal and one drink of your choice, and you also get to take a polaroid photo with the maid of your choice as a souvenir. I think it costed 1900 yen (about £11). I opted for the dessert set menu, which is the same thing, but with a dessert instead of a main meal, and it costs about 100 or 200 yen less. 

After ordering, our maid brought us a board with photos of all of the maids working that day so we could choose who we wanted to take our photo with, and whilst waiting for our food we were called to take our photos. They also had a selection of silly hats/ears that you could wear for the photos haha. I chose some kind of bat wings, but you can't see them very well. 
After taking the photo, your maid takes it away to decorate it for you. 

Unfortunately, you're only allowed to take photos of your food (as opposed to the actual cafe and the maids), so I don't have many photos, but this seems to be a pretty universal maid cafe rule. Anyway, here's what I had:
Yummy iced matcha latte. The maid who brought it to me asked me what I wanted her to draw on it with sauce. I couldn't think of anything, so told her to do whatever she wanted, and she drew this bunny. c: 

My parfait was also delicious. 

With every drink and food item brought to us, the maid would have us help her to "cast a spell" to make it more delicious, which involved little hand gestures and cutesy incantations. I knew to expect this, but Simon seemed rather bemused (and slightly embarrassed haha). 

After our time was up at the cafe, we went to take purikura. Some purikura shops have cosplays available for rental, but I'd never paid them much attention because I'd assumed you'd have to pay to use them, but on closer inspection I realised that it was completely free! So of course, we took advantage of it.

(I'm not sure why these are sideways, sorry!) 

After that, we headed to Shibuya, where we stopped at an izakaya for some cheap nomihoudai (all you can drink alcohol), before going to meet Tom at a rock club called shibuya THE GAME
With great music and friendly people, it had a good atmosphere and was a lot of fun.

At about 3am we decided to move on to Trump Room (another night club).
I also came here last time I went to Tokyo. While the music isn't quite to my taste, the interior is really cool, and the people are really nice so I always have fun. 

By the time Trump Room closed, the rest of our group had either gone home or just lost us, so Tom and I went to sing karaoke until the first train. Except somehow we got carried away and ended up singing for about 3 hours (rather than the hour or so needed until the trains did start), and had to actually go to a different karaoke place because the first one we were in closed haha. By the end of it I could barely even speak any more. Good times. 



Monday, 21 April 2014

11/04/2014 - Purikura and Alice in Wonderland restaurant!

Hello! I'm pretty behind on posting because I've been insanely busy lately, but I'm trying to get back into it, because I miss blogging.  

A little over a week ago, I met up with my Mari after class. We wandered around Shibuya 109 for a while, then took purikura. 


The height difference makes me laugh a lot (I'm bending very awkwardly here because I'm too tall for the machines when I stand up straight)

While purikura isn't exactly known for being natural, the second machine we tried did some REALLY intense face-editing ahaha:



After purikura, we went to an Alice in Wonderland-themed restaurant. This is a chain, but the particular one we went to (in Shibuya) is called 舞踏の国のアリス (Butou no Kuni no Arisu), or Alice in Dancing Land.





All the waitresses were dressed as Alice

The menus were shaped like the White Rabbit's pocket watch

Mari's chocolate cake

My ridiculous Cheshire Cat parfait c: 

There was a pretty good selection of both desserts and main courses, as well as cocktails and other drinks. While the prices are a little higher than what you'd expect to pay elsewhere, it's still very affordable, and definitely worth it. I believe there was also a cover charge of about 500 yen (about £3) per person, but I'm afraid I don't really remember.
 Glowing cocktail

The overall atmosphere felt like a slightly more laid-back Disneyland. It was nice. 

At the end, we were both given a free packet of strawberry tea to take home.